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Find harmony through Feng

PUSHPA CHARIPUSHPA CHARI

The exhibition-cum-sale of Feng Shui objects, which help one create a harmonious environment, is on till May 5 at Harrington Court in the city.

CAN WE really locate, relocate or rearrange our physical surroundings in this universe in specific ways that keep us in perfect harmony with the natural order? And thereby induce our environment to bring us health, wealth, happiness and fame? The votaries of Feng Shui, the old Chinese art, which aims at creating a harmonious living environment, claim that fortune, fame and happiness can be achieved by practising its principles. Feng Shui (literal meaning, wind and water) is becoming increasingly popular in India and the West as "an eco art dealing with conservation, orientation and spatial arrangement."

Along with its basic philosophy, Feng Shui relies on many specific objects, objets d' arts and plants. Dividing any given room or space into nine corners signifying health, family and harmony, luck, children, career and so on, it plays with the placement of objects to achieve harmony and good fortune in the areas mentioned. The objects themselves are often so pretty that they display good taste. While many are Buddhist in origin, many others go back to an earlier Chinese ethos built around the concepts of good luck and auspicious symbols. The bamboo stick plants, distinctly Chinese in appearance, are live growing sticks, recommended for the creation of positive energy.

An exhibition-cum-sale of handcrafted artefacts and plants, which help in Feng Shui arrangements opens today at A2, Harrington Court, Harrington Road, Chetpet. The objects range from pretty handcrafted porcelain Chinese dragons, charm cards, Om bells, good luck ships, eight-rod chimes, crystal grapes, amethyst crystal trees and so on. Behind each object is the Feng Shui philosophy, which makes it relevant and auspicious.

A printed Feng Shui chart gives one useful tips on placement and intrinsic value of each piece. A lovely Tibetan Om bell to be rung twice a day removes negativity. A tiny dragon to be kept in the East brings luck to one's business. Three crystal balls to be hung for good luck, a laughing Buddha for wealth and luck, a red phoenix for fame and luck, peony flowers in the bedroom for young women dreaming of wedding bells, mandarin ducks for luck in romance etc. are on display. There are car protection symbols to avert accidents. The handcrafted objects, sculptures, bells and chimes are for Feng Shui non-believers and sceptics as well. They bode harm to no one if you place your laughing Buddha in a specific corner or slip some charm cards into your wallet. And who could object to lovely chimes making sweet music in the house or hung as a protection in your car.

Apart from being good luck symbols, the bamboo live stick trees, are lovely. In various exotic shapes like the knitted and five-layered pyramid, the bamboo plants have delicate mint-green leaves. The plants come in glass containers with pebbles. There are also pretty `dancing' bamboo plants with stems convoluted into graceful shapes and basket bamboo plants. The sizes range from miniature plants to two-and-a-half feet tall ones.

The exhibition organised by Rita Gupta will be open from 10.00 a.m. t0 7.00 p.m. till May 5. Feng Shui expert and consultant Ms. Rajagopal will be at the exhibition daily from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. for advice and consultation.

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